Wow, I have been asleep at the switch. I missed that this was even going on right now. It started on May 30, 2011 and ends tomorrow, June 3rd.
There are some interviews up on the oilers website, including interviews with players Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton, as well as Oilers staff Steve Tambellini and Stu MacGregor.
First quick observation. Holy eff… what is with Landeskog?? This guy speaks better english than most North Americans. No accent at all on him (kind of like Nick Lidstrom). He’s a very modest and well spoken player too. Adam Larsson spoke briefly on his familiarity with Paajarvi and Lander, mentioning that he’s played in world competition with them for about four years now. I wouldn’t say there was anything else particularly stand out in the player interviews though. I’d say the best interview to listen to (as expected) is Stu MacGregor’s interview. He provides some good insight in the whole process.
Tomorrow is the big day of the combine, which TSN will actually be airing… that’s the day that the players go through their physical testing. This might help give a good look at what growth RNH might be capable of, or perhaps how far ahead of the curve some of the other bigger guys are. Should be interesting.
Edit: June 4th, 9:00AM:
Here are the combine results:
A quick summary of some of the names you may be interested in…:
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished top 10 in one of the fitness tests (Max # of Curl-Ups – 9th)
Adam Larsson finished in the top 10 3 times (8th in VO2Max, 1st in Test Duration, 5th in Wing Span)
Gabriel Landeskog finished in the top 10 5 times (10th in Sum of 6 Skinfolds, 10th in Vertek Leg Pwr Average (Lewis)/No Pause, 9th in Left Hand Grip, 6th in Bench Press (# of 150 lb reps), 6th in Max # of Push-Ups)
Sean Couturier finished top 10 1 time (5th in Max # of Curl-Ups)
Jonathan Huberdeau finished top 10 3 times (1st in Fatigue Index, 4th in Sum of 6 Skinfolds, 5th in % body fat)
Dougie Hamilton finished top 10 an incredible 11 times (4th in Mean Power Output, 3rd in Test Duration, 9th in Vertek Vert Jump/Pause, 10th in Vertek Leg Pwr Peak (Sayers)/Pause, 10th in Vertek Leg Pwr Peak (Sayers)/No Pause, 3rd in 4 Jump (Mat) Mode: Ground Time, 4th in 4 Jump (Mat) Mode: Power Factor, 5th in Left Hand Grip, 6th in Bench Press (# of 150 lb reps), 6th in Bench Press (lb/lb body weight)
Ryan Strome finished top 10 2 times (10th in Mean Power Output, 7th in Fatigue Index)
Mark McNeill (Edmonton boy) finished top 10 12 times (4th in Hand-eye Coordination, 4th in Vertek Leg Pwr Average (Lewis)/Pause, 3rd in Vertek Leg Pwr Average (Lewis)/No Pause, 7th in Vertek Leg Pwr Peak (Sayers)/Pause, 3rd in Vertek Leg Pwr Peak (Sayers)/No Pause, 5th in 4 Jump (Mat) Mode: Ground Time, 7th in 4 Jump (Mat) Mode: Power Factor, 2nd in Right Hand Grip, 1st in Left Hand Grip, 1st in Bench Press (# of 150 lb reps), 5th in Bench Press (lb/lb body weight), 9th in Push-Ups (max #)
Looks like local product Mark McNeill killed it (as did Joseph Morrow and Jamie Oleksiak – each with 12 top-10 scores). Dougie Hamilton was another notable with 11 top-10 scores, and Jonathan Racine and Colin Sullivan with 10 top-10 scores each.
As mentioned though, I’d take some of these results with a grain of salt, although it can still be very useful.